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Meet Ana Sánchez of LVCTVS in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Sánchez.

Ana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Havana, Cuba, and spent my childhood living in Colombia, where I got my Business and Economics degree in 2010. After moving to Los Angeles, California in 2012, I explored different creative outlets until deciding to get my BFA at Laguna College of Art and Design. This multidisciplinary and diverse background has helped me combine different elements of literature and philosophy into my artistic work, including the poetry of Edvard Munch and the works of Jean Paul Sartre.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh, the road is never smooth! Especially as a very introverted immigrant woman. But I believe that the biggest obstacles are the ones we create ourselves, like imposter syndrome and procrastination. Doubting yourself is the biggest struggle when you are confident about what you can do and fight for it with discipline and determination, you can overcome anything society throws at you.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about LVCTVS – what should we know?
I’m an artist, my main focus is oil painting. My role as an artist is to depict the multiple emotional dimensions of the human mind. I am interested in exploring the things that are often rejected, considered forbidden and macabre; I see beauty in ugly, broken, and imperfect things that most people often wish to overlook.

I am constantly inspired by the natural cycles of life and death, the acceptance of transience and imperfection, and the beauty of chaos and grief. I aspire to create expressive and emotionally charged works by applying techniques of the old masters in drawings and paintings to connect with the universality of the human psyche in its emotional level.

However, I seek an unusual representation of common subjects: hiding under blankets and veils, in the shadows, giving their back to the viewers, incomplete and decaying. Currently, since I just graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design this past December, I am working on a variety of media and collaborations for my portfolio.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe that the biggest quality about my work is that it comes from a private place; I do not create to please an audience. I draw inspiration from the Personal Unconscious, merging elements from my own story and growth with the collective blueprint of humankind.

This is a process of uncluttering my mind from thoughts that keep me awake, from beautiful nightmares to grotesque daydreams. I do not wish to explain my work but to let others tell me their thoughts about it. I know what it means to me, but my wish is not to share it, as my ideas and feelings about my art evolve and change every minute.

I want my work to be an intimate experience and a tool in the discovery of our own personal Shadow.

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